'Gentle Bee' Shampoo & Conditioning Bar
Awarded bronze in the Free From Skincare Awards 2020, our ‘Gentle Bee’ Shampoo & Conditioning Bar for normal hair and sensitive scalps is designed to be a plastic free alternative to shampoo in plastic bottles which are typically full of harsh chemcials. It is also a great alternative if you struggle with our 'soap' style shampoo bars.
Their advantage is that they lather regardless of the hardness of your water, they are pH friendly, they do not leave residue and they stay firm lasting for many, many washes making them a perfect plastic free hair washing option.
As many of the ingredients may be new to you here is a list of what's in our new shampoo bars and why.....we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is derived from coconut oil. It is mild, well tolerated, has good foaming power and provides a rich creamy lather.
Sodium Coco Sulfate is an EcoCert approved ingredient, made from the fatty acids of coconut oil, and is a good palm-free alternative to sodium lauryl sulfate, it is milder, creates a rich foam, cleanses hair and skin and leaves a great shine.
Coconut Vinegar is made from the sap pf the coconut palm. Once extracted it is allowed to ferment into acetic acid of about 4%. This ingredient helps to provide shine and gloss.
Mango Butter has high levels of saturated and monosaturated fatty acids make it useful for hair. It is an emollient and also helps the scalp regenerate skin and can be very healing for anyone suffering from a condition like dandruff, eczema, or psoriasis. It reduces the degeneration of skin cells and restores elasticity, creating the ideal environment for hair to grow.
Guar Gum used in this shampoo bar is an organic compound that is a water-soluble derivative of guar gum. It gives conditioning properties and is sometimes called the natural alternative to silicones.
Honey is an emollient which means it seals moisture in your hair, keeping it conditioned. It is has rich antioxidant properties which prevent damage, keeping your scalp and hair healthy and is naturally anti bacterial helping to prevent scalp infections and soothing scalp conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis.
D-Panthenol is also know as vitamin B-5. It occurs organically and is used to help hydrate and smooth your skin and hair. It provides shine, softness and strength and can help protect your hair from styling or environmental damage by locking in moisture.
Shikake Powder is a fruit powder from the Acacia plant. It is rich in natural saponins and ideal for gentle cleansing. It provides shine to the hair, helps detangle and it is even claimed as a hair growth booster.
Lavender Essential Oil is naturally anti-fungal and promotes hair growth.
What the FFSA testers said:-
'I was pleasantly surprised how well it lathered, as the water in London is extremely hard. My hair felt squeaky clean and very smooth afterwards and I could easly comb my hair. The smell is divine, with hints of lavender, camomile and honey. It reminded me of my favourite camomile & honey Twinings tea. The condition of my hair has much improved over the testing period. It is less tangled, dry and conditioned. I have not needed to use as much leave in conditioner or product to style or condition my hair afterwards. Because of this, the lather improved with subsequent shampoos'
'The product definitely delivered. I am skeptical using a bar shampoo, as I have long, curly hair, which has a tendency to frizz and leave me with dry, split ends. It is extremely gentle and conditioning and leaves my hair soft and manageable. It also holds its shape very well and does not disintegrate after many uses. My husband (who has sensitive skin) discovered the bar in the shower and happily started using it, as it left him with baby soft hair....This bar is described as a plastic free alternative to their normal soap, which is extremely gentle and conditioning due to the ingredients, including honey, derivatives from coconut oil, mango butter, Vitamin B-5 and shitake powder. I think this bar is ideal to use with keratin-
treated hair (as mine is), as any shampoo needs to be sulfate and sodium chloride free to prolong the life of the treatment. I am now a convert to using bar shampoos, especially this 100% natural brand which is committed to supporting and sustaining the local Welsh honey bee population'
'Simple and straightforward instructions which made this very easy to use for the first time. The whole family used this including myself, my husband and two children. Everyone's hair felt soft and cleansed immediately after use. The soap bar did an excellent job of washing hair. Beautiful lavender scent which I found incredibly calming. Lavender is my favourite fragrance so was a definitely winner for me. Scalp felt less itchy and much calmer and my fine hair was much softer and more manageable. Didn't feel I needed to wash my hair as often. Loved this product. It was the first time we have ever used a shampoo bar as a family so were
unsure what to expect but it lathered up as well if not better than our usual liquid shampoo. It cleansed the whole family's hair well and had a soothing scent. I would definitely buy it. Loved the simple environmentally-friendly packaging. The bar also retained its shape and scent whilst it was sat on the side of the bath for the month. The bar was still 50% of its original size after 4 of us had been using it for a month'
What our testers said:
'After using Gentle Bee shampoo bar my hair feels soft, was easy to style and had more body than usual and the bar lathered well - thanks really enjoyed using it'
''I think the lack of residue after washing helps my curls form better. It's the best they've looked in years. I've been trying to find something decent for my curls for so long and these are INCREDIBLE!'
If you would like a natural sisal shampoo bag to store your shampoo in between use or for travel CLICK HERE for more details.
Ingredients: Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Coco Sulphate, Mangifera Indica (Mango Butter) Seed Oil, Acetic Acid (Coconut Vinegar), Guar Gum (Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride), Honey (Mel), D-Panthenol, Acacia Concinna (Shikakai) Nut Powder, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil (Allergens: Linalool, Geraniol, Limonene)
75 grams in fully compostable recycled greaseproof paper